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July 26, 2016

The Paradox of a Medical Student

Exams week is over. Although I memorized and learned countless pharmacologic concepts, mechanisms of action, and adverse effects, I know that I still far from being able to give solid medical advice. However, for the people around me, I have become their personal WebMD or Wikipedia since the moment I signed up for medical school. I admit the temptation of offering "free consultations," especially when you feel you have opened a huge world knowledge; however, the more time I spend in medical school, the more I understand that I am perfectly incapable of giving accurate medical advice.

It is hard since family and friends think you know everything or even cal...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

July 21, 2016

Finding Good Veins

I have a list of procedures I need to do (under supervision) before the end of my emergency medicine clerkship. One of them is starting an IV line and drawing blood. I am happy to say that out of 8 times I've attempted to poke someone's vein, I've only missed once. Of cou...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Med Student

6:00 AM: Alarm went off. Proceeded to hit snooze over and over. 

6:45 AM: Finally out of bed. The cat's been whining outside the door for the past 10 minutes. I may be allergic, but I gave her a quick pet on my way out the door. 

7:10 AM: Standin...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

July 18, 2016

Family Matters

In my few weeks on the wards on the internal medicine service, a lot has happened. I came back from lunch to find out a patient passed away. He had no family, and his landlord was acting as his power of attorney. I broke the news to another patient that he had a deadly he...

Posted By: Heather Kagan  

July 18, 2016

The Management of Public Health Programs

The topic at hand is complex, in the sense that it contains multiple components. Ranging from, planning, quality assurance, program evaluation, and of course health care practice. What makes this different from other managerial endeavors? Essentially,

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

July 17, 2016

Should We Eat Fish?


As doctors-in-training, we are normally taught that consuming fish and shellfish is part of a healthy diet because they contain protein, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and iodine. This combination of nutrients found in fish can provide numerous health bene...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

July 16, 2016

Studying for Rotations

I am 2 weeks into my first rotation, doing emergency medicine. It's cool to see so many cases every shift and learning how to do simple procedures such as starting an IV or putting on a posterior mold splint. However, it's a little bit overwhelming. I'm seeing a lot durin...

Posted By: Sung Woo Koh  

July 14, 2016

Inspired By Happiness

From time to time, I think it's important to reflect on the people and events that motivate and shape our everyday decisions. No doubt every medical student has at least one defining reason to pursue a medical career: Some feel pressure by physicians in the family, wherea...

Posted By: Kolin Meehan  

July 12, 2016

Financial Literacy

With doctors-in-training accumulating upwards of $150,000 in debt by the time they have completed their medical training, they no doubt need to understand the art of budgeting. Simple budgeting entails knowing how much money is coming in, how much is going out, and identi...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

July 10, 2016

What Should Med Students Do About the Recent Shootings?

I think with all the recent shootings and social media blowing up with angry comments about government, it is in order that I write in reference to this and what the role of medical students could or should be. I usually do not write or comment about mainstream thing...

Posted By: Vincent Migliaccio Michaelson  

 
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    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

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    Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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    Temple University School of Medicine

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